Inventor Spotlight: Dr. Mark E. Roberts
Mark E. Roberts is an Assistant Professor at Clemson University in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He has been a member of the department since 2010. He earned his MS and PhD degrees at Stanford University and his BS degree at Montana State University – Bozeman, all in Chemical Engineering. Prior to Clemson, he worked at Sandia National Laboratories, a Department of Energy facility, on investigating new materials and processes related to renewable energy generation and storage.
At Clemson, Dr. Roberts directs a research laboratory focused on developing functional polymers, films and composite nanomaterials for electrochemical systems, including energy storage and sensors. His research activities address two key energy storage challenges: thermal hazards in large-format Li-ion batteries and low energy density of high-power supercapacitors.
Prof. Roberts works with Prof. Rao (Physics, Clemson) on a $1.2 Million National Science Foundation Award to study “Defect-engineered Nanocarbons for Electrochemical Energy Storage”. The primary objective of their research grant is to develop high energy-density carbon materials with nanometer dimensions using continuous and scalable fabrication methods, such as roll-to-roll processing. Work funded through this project will help to overcome existing material and manufacturing limitations for supercapacitors, devices that effectively operate as extremely fast batteries by combining the high discharge rates of capacitors with energy densities comparable to conventional batteries. Advancements in supercapacitor development will impact a diverse range of applications from household electronics and power tools to energy management and conservation.
Visit Dr. Roberts’ laboratory group webpage
Author: Evan McConnell
Date Written: May 2014